For the Business of Football - Inside World Football Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:14:03 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Member associations in line for bumper Yuletide development bonus from FIFA fifa3By David Owen
November 23 – Towards the end of one of the most difficult months of his long tenure comes a reminder of one of the reasons why Sepp Blatter has for so long proved so difficult to dislodge from his post as FIFA President.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:07:31 +0000
Mutko reveals 2017 Confederation Cup cities, Kaliningrad decision close Russia 2018 logo1November 23 – The 2017 Confederations Cup, the warm-up and main test event for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, will be played in Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan, said Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Russia 2018 World Cup News Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:06:08 +0000 AFF Suzuki Cup kicks off with Sportradar keeping a watching brief AFF Suzuji CupNovember 23 - Sportradar has further deepened its links in Asia with a contract to monitor the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2014. The 2014 tournament will be jointly hosted in Vietnam and Singapore and will consist of 18 matches.

Sportradar will use its Fraud Detection System which monitors suspicious betting patterns and matches them to game play in real time.

Sportradar also ran education workshops in Hanoi and Singapore before the tournament kicked off.

Lt Gen Dato' Azzuddin Ahmad (Retired), the General Secretary of the AFF, said: "The AFF Suzuki Cup is the most exciting competition in the region and has been electrifying fans since 1996. But we are not blind to the dangers that match fixing and manipulation poses. Together with the best monitoring system available, we will be vigilant, precisely so that our fans don't have to be.

Oscar Brodkinm senior manager – Asia, for Sportradar said: "The AFF today have shown their unwavering commitment to integrity and we will work tirelessly to help the tournament officials spot the danger signs and to keep the AFF abreast of any suspicious behaviour in the regulated and unregulated betting markets. The players and fans will make this is a magic tournament; we will do all we can to keep it honest."

In August Sportradar signed contracts to monitor the Indonesian and Philippines leagues. But match fixing remains a problem in Asia with reports that games were fixed at the recent Incheon Asian Games, organised by the Olympic Council of Asia.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) stepped in to investigate. Matches at the games had been monitored by Sportradar.

Eight teams will play in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 which kicked off yesterday in Hanoi and completes the qualification group stage November 29. Four teams will qualify for the final rounds with the final taking place December 20.

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Focus now falls on Scala as Eckert and Garcia play 'pass-the-parcel' domenico scala2By Andrew Warshaw
November 21 - The hosting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups by Russia and Qatar, which appeared to be a closed case a week ago, has been plunged back into the spotlight after the two FIFA ethics chiefs at the centre of the anti-corruption investigation agreed the evidence should be further examined in-house - and then opened up to FIFA's entire executive committee.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:53:28 +0000
Italians to limit foreign players in Serie A squads Serie ABy Mark Baber
November 21 - Following the election of Carlo Tavecchio, who came to power using racist rhetoric which has earned him a six-month UEFA ban, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has acted to implement his core election agenda item, passing new regulations limiting the number of foreign players in Italy, especially those from countries outside the EU.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:49:18 +0000
Bulgarian FA chief bemoans lack of state and sponsor support BorislavMihaylovBy Alexander Krassimirov
November 21 - The president of the Bulgarian Football Union Borislav Mihaylov (pictured) has responded to criticism of a lack of money in Bulgarian football saying that sponsors have deserted the national team due to lack of success and that the government provides no funding to the federation.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:34:36 +0000
Watson charged as Caribbean paradise turns into political inferno Canover WatsonBy Paul Nicholson
November 21 – Canover Watson, a member of FIFA's audit committee and vice president of CONCACAF, has been charged in the Cayman Islands of five corruption and money laundering offenses. The charges were brought by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Anti-Corruption Unit. He will appear in Summary Court next Tuesday.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Football Americas World Football News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:34:25 +0000
Guinea qualify for AFCON 2015, but now face battle against discrimination GuineaNovember 21 - Guinea, one of the three West African countries wracked by the Ebola epidemic, have overcome all the odds to qualify for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations - but now have to face an awkward few weeks over fears of spreading the virus.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Africa World Football News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:00:18 +0000 Did he didn't he? Al-Majid keeps finger pointed at Bin Hammam, despite contradictions Mohamed Bin HammamBy Andrew Warshaw
November 21 - The whistleblower who worked on Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid campaign says there is no doubt that Mohamed Bin Hammam - banned for life from football two years ago - was part of the team despite 2022 officials repeatedly denying he played any role.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Qatar 2022 World Cup News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:28:24 +0000
Czech FA chief sets up succession plan for Baumit Jablonec Miroslav PeltaBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
November 21 – Czech businessman Miroslav Pelta has said he plans to hand over control of top tier club FK Baumit Jablonec, in which he holds a 80% stake, to a new investor. The sale could also solve a potential conflict of interest for the Pelta, who is also the president of the Czech football association FACR.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:48:33 +0000
Apollon Limassol lines up new €17m stadium Apollon LimassolBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
November 19 - Nicos Kyrzis, the chairman of Cypriot club Apollon Limassol on the Greek side of the partitioned island, has unveiled plans to build a new stadium with a capacity of 12,000. Under the scheme, the cost of the build will be up to €17 million.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:12:51 +0000
Al-Majid reveals she was an FBI informant as she expands anti-Qatar claims Phaedra Al-MajidBy Andrew Warshaw
November 20 - One of the two whistleblowers whose evidence to the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid investigation was deemed unreliable has revealed she was contacted by the FBI after initially making her corruption claims against Qatar and says she permanently fears for her life.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:48:26 +0000
Novgorod stadium contract nears signing, FIFA says no to more capacity reductions Nizhniy Novgorod stadiumNovember 20 - Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko has said that the construction contract to build the 17 billion ruble ($365 million) stadium in Nizhniy Novgorod will be signed on November 25-26 with 50% of the payment being upfront.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Russia 2018 World Cup News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:22:06 +0000 Inside editorial: So many plot lines we are losing the plot Blatter-must-go, Blatter-must-go, Blatter-must-go – scream it long and loud enough and even supposedly intelligent people will forget why they think he must go while firmly putting themselves in the vanguard of political activism - perhaps even use their influence to write silly letters for a cheap soundbite, willingly published by the land of Murdochia. Come on Greg, we had so much higher hopes for you.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Inside Insight Columnists Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:04:06 +0000 Nigerian FA chief invokes God, admits bungling, and runs into 'time' trouble Amaju PinnickBy Mark Baber
November 20 - As the Nigeria national team fails to qualify for the African Nations Cup, the countries' top football administrator is turned to quoting scripture, claiming the failure is a blessing in disguise whilst the crisis over the legitimacy of the ruling body descends into new levels of farce.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Africa World Football News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:36:09 +0000
Blatter calls Dyke's bluff asking if he is offering indemnity if English report published Greg Dyke FABy Andrew Warshaw
November 20 - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has personally rejected English FA chairman Greg Dyke's demand for Michael Garcia's World Cup investigation report into allegations of misconduct surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids to be published in full.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:42:27 +0000
Naming rights deal nears for Real's re-modelled Bernabeu bernabeuNovember 20 - Real Madrid looks set to announce a naming rights deal for stadium after Florentino Perez was caught on camera saying the Bernabeu could soon be called the IPIC Bernabeu or Cepsa Bernabeu.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:01:53 +0000 Band hits discordant note in Scotland vs England 'friendly' England fansNovember 20 - England fans have been criticised, and the FA has apologised on their behalf, following provocative chanting during this week's prestige friendly with Scotland.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:22:20 +0000 FIFA ups the stakes and opens Garcia report to Swiss criminal investigators Hans Joachim Eckert3By Andrew Warshaw and Paul Nicholson
November 18 - In another dramatic twist in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup investigation into possible corruption in the bidding process, FIFA has lodged a criminal complaint against a number of individuals ("persons") with the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland in Berne.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:16:14 +0000
The Marseilles Connection: detectives swoop on OM kingpins GignacBy Mark Baber
November 19 - In a throwback to the Bernard Tapie scandals of the 1990s, French police swooped in on the leading lights of Olympique Marseille (OM) on Tuesday morning, arresting club president Vincent Labrun and general manager Philip Perez at their homes in Saint-Remy de Provence and Marseille and questioning them over potential corruption and kick backs involving multi-million Euro transfer deals.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:56:41 +0000
IOC proposals bring good news for Hayatou – but not Blatter IOC LausanneBy David Owen
November 19 - There was potentially good news for one senior FIFA figure in a strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement unveiled with a flourish in the Olympic capital of Lausanne on Tuesday. But not so, apparently, for another.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Olympics World Tournaments News Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:44:08 +0000